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Browsing For Alternatives

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Browsing For Alternatives
2. Today's Top Story: BlackBerry
    - U.S. Supreme Court Turns Down BlackBerry Maker
3. Breaking News
    - IBM Messaging Tools To Enable VoIP Calls And Connect With Major IM Offerings
    - Review: Intel Core Duo iMac
    - How To Build A One-Terabyte Desktop PC
    - Symantec Announces Gateway-Based E-Mail Security Appliance
    - FTC Says Cell Phone E-Mail Is Hoax
    - IBM Turns Over Search Project To Open-Source Community
    - Meyer To Share AMD Management With Ruiz
    - IronPort Gets Tougher On Spam
    - Motorola Launches Dual-Mode Municipal Wireless System
    - Brief: IBM Upgrades Data Protection For Outlook, Lotus
    - Novell Plans Corporate Licensing Overhaul
    - Microsoft Helps Bulgaria Nab Phishers
4. Grab Bag: iTunes Traffic Soars
5. In Depth: Browsers
6. Voice Of Authority: Privacy
7. White Papers: Compliance
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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1. Editor's Note: Browsing For Alternatives

It's clearly not enough to have two meaningful choices for a software platform that's the singular interface to online information. But that's effectively what exists today in the browser field. Mozilla has given Microsoft something of a push in the past year or so, edging up into the high single-digits in market share.

In markets where it's a two-horse race, the competitors are likely to focus as much on each other and their incremental market share gains or losses as they are on delivering a better product to the users that actually use their software to surf the Web. That doesn't sound like a recipe for innovation.

So it's good news that there are additional browsers emerging or evolving -- as detailed in this review under our In-Depth section -- that introduce new features and functions that haven't yet made it into the market share leader, IE, or its closest-though-still-small competitor, Firefox.

Compelling new features include voice support and the ability to publish your bookmarks to the Web. The Opera browser can understand spoken commands and will read Web sites to a user as requested. One can think of numerous applications of this technology, among them giving the disabled a better browsing experience.

Flock, a lesser-known browser currently in developer preview mode (and downloadable here), integrates with the Flickr photo-sharing service and the bookmark manager del.icio.us, while other integration efforts are planned. With the seamless del.icio.us integration, you can access and update your bookmarks from anywhere in the world as well as search for other people's bookmarks on similar topics.

Taking just one other example of innovation, Apple's Safari browser features Private Browsing. A user that enables this function will prevent the browser from recording any history or caching any data about visited sites. If you want to check your brokerage account on a computer other than your own, this makes sure that the next surfer won't be able to take a peek at your account or even find out who your broker is.

It's all very cool, albeit a year or two ahead of the needs of the average Web surfer. But if you're that average Web surfer and you want a preview of what's likely in future "mainstream" browsers, here are some clues. If you demand an alternative to IE and Firefox, or you're intent on keeping yourself out in front on the feature curve, one or more of these browsers is likely to be the answer.

Tom Smith
tasmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: BlackBerry

U.S. Supreme Court Turns Down BlackBerry Maker
Research In Motion filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court claiming the case raises significant national and international issues. RIM questioned whether U.S. patent laws apply to its products since it's based in Canada.


3. Breaking News

IBM Messaging Tools To Enable VoIP Calls And Connect With Major IM Offerings
Users of Lotus and Domino products will be able to connect with IM tools from Yahoo, AOL, and Google, and make Internet voice calls using technology from Siemens.

Review: Intel Core Duo iMac
The new iMac can barely be distinguished from its predecessor--and that's a good thing. However, some applications will experience compatibility problems.

How To Build A One-Terabyte Desktop PC
There's a new wave of fast, affordable, and super-high-capacity drives. Here's how to make the most of them.

Symantec Announces Gateway-Based E-Mail Security Appliance
The appliance is designed to help small businesses protect themselves against spam and E-mail-based infections.

FTC Says Cell Phone E-Mail Is Hoax
Contrary to E-mail making the rounds on the Internet, cell phone numbers aren't being offered for sale to telemarketers, and you don't need to register your cell phone with a do-not-call list.

IBM Turns Over Search Project To Open-Source Community
IBM is open-sourcing important components of the Unstructured Information Management Architecture in an effort to spur the growth of collaborative enterprise-search technology.

Meyer To Share AMD Management With Ruiz
Dirk Meyer, a 10-year veteran of Advanced Micro Devices, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer. Hector Ruiz remains CEO.

IronPort Gets Tougher On Spam
IronPort is beefing up its SenderBase network to improve antispam capabilities in its E-mail-security suite.

Motorola Launches Dual-Mode Municipal Wireless System
Aimed at both public safety and public access, Motorola says that one of the first cities to use the system funded it by using seized drug money.

Brief: IBM Upgrades Data Protection For Outlook, Lotus
The new version of Continuous Data Protection provides more incremental backup for subfiles, and improves replication speed and control.

Novell Plans Corporate Licensing Overhaul
A new option will let customers buy licenses on a named-user or per-device basis, paving the way for transaction-based pricing.

Microsoft Helps Bulgaria Nab Phishers
The group allegedly sent E-mails with spoofed MSN customer-support addresses to dupe recipients into divulging credit-card information.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

Traffic To iTunes Web Site Soars (MacNewsWorld)
ITunes users form a distinct target audience with identifiable brand preferences. Their favorite car make is Volkswagen, which they are 2.2 times more likely to own than the average Internet user.

Looking for Tiny TV? (BusinessWeek)
So what if the number of Americans watching TV on their cell phone is as tiny as the screens they're viewing? That's not stopping Intel, Motorola, Nokia, Texas Instruments, and other companies from promoting the heck out of the idea.

AOL, IBM Hook Up IM (Light Reading)
AOL today announced that it has formed a relationship with IBM to connect their dynamic instant-messaging communities.


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5. In Depth: Browsers

Browsers: Alternatives To Microsoft Internet Explorer And Firefox
Browsers like Netscape, Opera, Safari, and newcomer Flock offer features such as voice support and the ability to publish your bookmarks to the Web. Is an alternative browser right for you?

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Leaks To Web
Screenshots and code for the most recent build of Microsoft's IE 7 browser have leaked to the Internet, according to several Windows-related sites.

Unofficial Firefox For Intel Macs Debuts
It may not be official, but a version of Firefox that will run on Apple Computer's new Intel-based Macs has been released.

Conflicting Numbers: Did Firefox Meet '05 Goal?
A Web-measurement company refutes a rival's recent take on Firefox's market share.

Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 1.5
The new version of the Thunderbird E-mail client features improved spam and security controls.


6. Voice Of Authority: Privacy

Business Technology: Through The Prying Eyes Of 'Privacy Advocates'
Fighting children's access to pornography is a noble cause, so Google must find a way to aggregate search information without compromising the privacy of individual customers, Bob Evans says.


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